Verona aldermen hired a new fire chief for the city at their regular meeting on Oct. 26.
Tony Hinkle will take the helm at the Verona Fire Department with new volunteer Mitchell Jenkins joining the existing ranks of firefighters.
A public hearing will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at City Hall for citizen input on whether to contract with Aurora Rural Fire Department for firefighting coverage.
Aldermen approved hiring Bill Petrus, of Mt. Vernon, as the city attorney, replacing Don Trotter who will take office as Lawrence County prosecutor in January 2011.
Police Chief Dan Head presented samples of vehicle striping for the city's Crown Victoria and Durango. Neither is clearly recognizable as a police vehicle, and aldermen approved the striping bid of $125 per vehicle from Supermoon Graphics.
Aldermen approved a bid of $1,425 from Steve's Electric to repair or replace lights outside City Hall and inside the fire department.
In other business, City Clerk Julie Ruscha reported that the city's auditor is requesting that old checks be cleared from the books. Some of the checks will be sent to the state and reported as unclaimed property, while others will be written off the books.
Bell and Associates has contacted Ruscha concerning healthcare reform, and Ruscha will be attending a presentation on the subject.
|Ruscha also advised aldermen that some corrections remain on various ordinance upgrades through Sullivan Publications. The matter will be discussed at the Nov. 9 meeting.|
In old business, aldermen tentatively scheduled a work session with Tri-State Engineering concerning the preliminary engineering plan for the $1 million street and drainage project. That session will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 at City Hall.
Ace Pipe Cleaning presented a proposal for smoke testing the city's wastewater lines at a cost of 35 cents per foot. Aldermen approved work on the project not to exceed 10,000 feet for a total of $3,500.
Council members approved a tax lien against a property at 425 S. Second St. for non-payment of sewer charges.
Aldermen unanimously approved writing off a second $188.74 sewer bill at property located at 605 N. Third St.